This brief video explains the basics of basting. In this tutorial, you’ll learn approximately how far apart your baste stitches should be spaced when you’re sewing doll clothes. In addition to demonstrating the baste stitch when done by hand, it also talks about basting on a sewing machine. Remember that my patterns and tutorials are free under the Creative Commons Attribution mark, so if you’re … Continue reading Sewing Basics: How to do a baste stitch before gathering when #sewing #dollclothes
Here on ChellyWood.com, I often get questions about teaching kids to sew. I do have a playlist on my YouTube channel dedicated to this topic, but I mostly sew by hand and my videos are primarily about sewing doll clothes. So what if you want to teach your child to use a sewing machine? What if you want to teach him/her to sew something other … Continue reading #FridayFollow: #Teaching #kids to #sew with @CraftyGemini
When I’m sewing for a doll as tiny as the 6.5-inch American Girl doll, I always feel like it’s a shame to buy a full yard of fabric for such a tiny little doll. Sure, I can use fat quarters from JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts, but sometimes you want to get a selection of jersey fabrics that all match. That can get expensive! So here’s … Continue reading Find matching #fabric using this unusual #crafty #hack: underwear packs!
Last week I showed you how to design your own bodice. Did you notice, in that tutorial, that Moana’s bodice was decorated with a strip of blue? What was that blue stuff? It was bias tape! I often recommend learning to sew with felt, if you’re an absolute beginner. But the drawback to making dolls’ clothes out of felt is the fray factor. Felt is … Continue reading How to #Sew Bias Tape
With my vacation behind me, I’m gathering up some ideas to share in next week’s blog posts. So if you’ve been anxiously waiting new patterns and tutorials, hopefully you won’t be disappointed when next week rolls around. Meanwhile, I’m posting this video about rickrack trim. It offers a few creative ways to use rickrack that perhaps you hadn’t thought of! If you like my … Continue reading What is rickrack trim? A #tutorial @ ChellyWood.com for #crafting w/#dolls
I grew up in a family full of seamstresses. So to me, shopping for fabric was no more difficult than buying a piece of candy at a convenience store. But to the absolute beginner, the cutting counter at a fabric store can seem a little daunting. I designed this step-by-step guide for buying doll clothes fabric, keeping in mind that some people are brand new … Continue reading How to Buy #Fabric for #Sewing #Dolls’ Clothes
Last Thursday I posted a video showing you how to design your own felt bodice. To turn your felt bodice into a dress, all you need is a skirt. This tutorial video will show you how to gather fabric for a skirt, so you can design your own “prom” or “quince” dresses for dolls of many shapes and sizes! You may be thinking, “Oh… is … Continue reading How to gather a #doll’s skirt @ ChellyWood.com